OSHAWA, ON, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Government of Canada
announced it is investing in major improvements to the Port of Oshawa
that will boost the port as an attraction for families and visitors, and
support new jobs and business opportunities in the region.
The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation
and Member of Parliament for Durham, along with Dr. Colin Carrie, Member
of Parliament for Oshawa and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Health, Mayor John Gray of the City of Oshawa and Mr. Gary Valcour,
chair of the Oshawa Harbour Commission, made the announcement.
"By investing in this important infrastructure project, our government
is revitalizing the Oshawa Harbour and creating jobs in Oshawa and
Ontario," said Minister Oda. "This project will lead the way for
residents to enjoy the new, mixed-use vision for the waterfront."
"This harbour area is an important economic and cultural asset that
significantly contributes to the quality of life of the people of Oshawa
and the Durham region," said MP Carrie. "This contribution will make a
new vision for the port a reality, and it will create jobs right here
for families and businesses at a time when Canada's economy is still
The Government of Canada is investing $10.2 million to transfer the
port's industrial activities from the west wharf to the east wharf and
for new fencing and landscaping to ensure people who use the city's
parks and nature trails are a safe distance from the port's heavy
"After 40 years of political stagnation, the people of Oshawa can
finally anticipate the rejuvenation of our waterfront," stated Mayor
Gray. "This announcement allows the City of Oshawa to move forward with
our vision of developing a people-friendly waterfront that attracts new
residential and commercial opportunities while respecting the operations
of Port Oshawa."
The announcement coincides with the successful completion of an
agreement between the Government of Canada, the City of Oshawa and the
Oshawa Harbour Commission on land ownership issues. The agreement will
create certainty for the city, the users and stakeholders of the Port of
Oshawa, and achieve a balanced use for the Oshawa Harbour area.
"We are extremely pleased with the successful completion of these
negotiations," said Mr. Valcour. "This agreement heralds a renaissance
in the life of the port and offers a strong message of federal
government support for an industrial and mixed-use port in Oshawa
providing current and prospective port users the certainty needed for
continued growth and investment, which in turn means more jobs and
greater prosperity for the citizens of Oshawa and the region."
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Crown is:
offering to transfer certain port lands to the city for a nominal
providing $200,000 to the Oshawa Harbour Commission for landscaping
and fencing to screen the public from port operations;
contributing $10 million to the Oshawa Harbour Commission to
facilitate the transfer of the more industrial uses from the west
wharf to the east wharf;
offering to return the marina lands to the city once environmental
mitigation work is complete; and
acquiring certain city and Oshawa Harbour Commission lands, for a
nominal amount, to be used for port purposes. All port lands will
continue to be managed by the Oshawa Harbour Commission.
The Government of Canada, the City of Oshawa and the Oshawa Harbour
Commission have worked collaboratively to reach this agreement that will
allow all parties to achieve their shared and respective objectives
while responding to local and regional needs for a revitalized harbour.
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SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information: For further information:
Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa
Mayor John Gray
City of Oshawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Chief Executive Officer
Oshawa Harbour Commission